Family members say Ruperthouse last seen in April 2014
Quebec provincial police have issued a $40,000 reward for any information that can solve the case of Sindy Ruperthouse, the Algonquin woman whose disappearance heightened concern about the treatment of aboriginal women in Val-d’Or.
The Sûreté du Québec issued a release Wednesday describing Ruperthouse as five foot four inches tall and 131 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.
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Family members say Ruperthouse was last seen in April 2014.
However, the police statement says she went missing on April 24, 2015 and was 44 years old at the time.
Her parents, Johnny Wylde and Émilie Ruperthouse Wylde, have previously raised concerns about the SQ’s handling of the case.
Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête looked into the matter and, in the process, uncovered a larger story about allegations of assault by police against aboriginal women.
After her case received widespread attention, the SQ announced this fall it was investigating her disappearance as a homicide, even though her body has not been found.
The Grand Council of the Cree has also offered a $50,000 reward to anyone with information on Ruperthouse’s whereabouts.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SQ at 1-800-659-4264.